Instapundit dragged out a quotation from Robert Heinlen today that is so apropos and also in line with what Winston had to say in today’s quote of the day on my site:
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
— Robert Heilein
Thanks Instapundit for the reminder. I’ve just finished a Heinlein novel I hadn’t read yet (“The Door Into Summer”). I hadn’t thought there were any in print I hadn’t read, and then there it was at B&N. Very good read.